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The Best Laptops of IFA 2019 – IGN – IGN

We’ve seen a wide variety of laptops at IFA 2019 from ultra-lightweight Ultrabooks to 300Hz gaming laptops and obscenely powerful machines meant for creatives. With almost too much to see at the biggest tech conference in Europe, we’ve picked out the best newly announced laptops you should keep an eye out for in the coming months.

Razer Blade Stealth

Razer Blade Stealth (2019) Hands-On

  • Release date: By the end of September 2019
  • Pricing: $1,499 base, $1,799 with Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics

The Razer Blade Stealth was easily my personal highlight of the entire IFA 2019 conference. The company has finally made good on its promise to deliver a gaming Ultrabook now that the 13-inch laptop features an Nvidia GTX 1650. Just from my short time playing Doom on Ultra at 60 fps, it’s already looking very impressive indeed.

Best of all it measures just 0.66-inches thick and weighs 3.26 pounds, so it’s a gaming laptop that’s actually thin and light enough to carry every day. Even if you get the base $1,499 model with only integrated graphics, you’ll still get an impressive level of performance and be able to play Overwatch at 30-45 fps with the game running at Full HD and Medium quality settings.

Acer Swift 5

Acer Swift 5 (2019) Hands On

  • Release date: November 2019
  • Pricing: $899 base

Razer wasn’t the only company to introduce an impressive Ultrabook, the Acer Swift 5 is another ultra-lightweight and capable machine. The company calls it the “world’s lightest 14-inch laptop,” which is a super-specific accolade—and Asus stomped out that record shortly after with the 1.9 pound AsusPro B9—but you can’t argue it doesn’t weigh much at just 2.18 pounds.

Tucked into its dainty frame, it can be equipped with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and discrete Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. Users can also choose to load up the laptop with up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM as well as a 512 GB PCIe SSD. Acer claims the Swift 5 will give you 12.5 hours of battery life and it supports fast charging to give you 4.5 hours of usage after being plugged in for only 30 minutes.

Asus ProArt StudioBook One

Asus ProArt StudioBook One

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  • Release date: Q4 2019
  • Pricing: TBA

We’re used to gaming laptops being desktop replacements, but the Asus ProArt StudioBook One is one supremely overpowered laptop meant to for creatives who make compute graphics for TV shows and movies for a living. This is the first laptop to come equipped with an Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000, Team Green’s most powerful laptop GPU ever developed complete with 4,608 CUDA cores, 24GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 576 Tensor and 72 RT cores. Comparatively, the desktop Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti has only 4,352 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 544 Tensor and 68 RT cores.

This powerful graphics chip is only the tip of the iceberg. The Asus ProArt StudioBook One can also come equipped with an Intel Core i9-9980HK, 32GB RAM and a 1TB SSD. Oh, and it also has a 120Hz 4K monitor that is Pantone Validated and renders 100% of the Adobe RGB color scale. Despite all its insane specs, this creation-focused machine weighs only 6.39 pounds and is only 0.95-inches thick, making it much lighter and thinner than any gaming laptop.

Acer Predator Triton 300

Acer Predator Triton 300 Hands On

  • Release date: October 2019 (EMEA)
  • Pricing: €1,299 (about $1,430) base

The Predator Triton 300 is Acer’s newest budget gaming laptop. For €1,299 (about $1,430) it comes with an Intel 9th Generation Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics 16GB of RAM. Plus, you also get a Full HD display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.

It’s a step up from Acer’s very popular entry-level Predator Helios 300 in both hardware and features. For one thing, it’s a much slimmer and lighter machine weighing in at only 5.07 pounds. This new model also has a turbo button to boost its performance.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701

Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Hands On

  • Release date: TBA
  • Pricing: TBA

We’re all still a little frazzled by the fact that there are gaming laptops with displays that are faster than dedicated gaming monitors, but this is where we’re at now. The Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701 was one of the first machines to hit this new 300Hz speed limit on refresh rate and it looks good.

You’ll most likely have to lower your in-game quality settings to hit 300Hz, but there’s nothing like playing on the fastest and most responsive 17-inch display ever made. Even without the new display, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is a notable on its own as one of the thinnest 17-inch gaming laptops to feature an Nvidia RTX 2080 and Intel 9th Generation H-series processors.

Acer Predator Triton 500

Acer Predator Triton 500 Hands On

  • Release date: December 2019
  • Pricing: $2,799 base

The Acer Predator Triton 500 was already one of our most favorite gaming laptops and now it has only been made better with a new 300Hz display.

This ultra-high refresh rate might seem pointless on a gaming laptop, but don’t doubt the Triton 500’s ability to hit these speeds. It’s a capable gaming laptop with up to an Intel 9th Generation Core i7 processor and Nvidia’s best Turing RTX graphics cards.

Lenovo Yoga C940

Lenovo Yoga C940 Hands On

  • Release date: October 2019
  • Pricing: $1,449 base

Lenovo flagship convertible laptop, the Yoga C940 is growing up. While previous models already introduced a 14-inch screen several years ago, Lenovo has gone and introduced a new 15.6-inch version of its classic 2-in-1 flagship. The new screen size doesn’t just add a bigger model to the series, it’s also bringing a new 500-nit 4K UHD DisplayHDR display with it so you can watch more HDR content on the go.

This year Lenovo has also updated its flagship Yoga laptop with Intel’s 10th Generation Ice Lake processors, so it should run fast and can deliver a strong punch of integrated graphics too. The new Yoga C940 isn’t just faster because of the new chip, the Lenovo also worked with Intel to make it better at waking instantly from sleep and unlocking as soon as you touch the fingerprint sensor—just like a smartphone would. And if you want more graphical power, you can also upgrade this machine with Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics for $1,709.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019)

  • Release date: Available now
  • Pricing: $999 base

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 saw one of the more iterative upgrades, but it still belongs on this list as it’s one of the most powerful ultra-thin laptops that can come with a hexa-core processor. Yup, thanks to Intel’s newly announced 10th Generation Comet Lake processor family, you’re looking at an Ultrabook that possibly has as many or more cores than your gaming PC.

Aside from the new processor, Dell also updated its flagship 2-in-1 with LP4x-2933MHz memory to speed things up. The XPS 13 convertible also features an updated MagLev keyboard—which uses magnets below the keycaps to register keystrokes and simulate mechanical feedback—with a quieter sounding set of keys.

Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam.


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